Sustainable Decommissioning of Wind Turbines

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Running Head: DECOMISSIONING WIND TURBINES1An Analysis of Sustainable Decommissioning of Wind TurbinesNameInstitution
DECOMISSIONING WIND TURBINES2Table of Contents1.0 Aims/Objectives...................................................................................................................22.0 Philosophical basis...............................................................................................................33.0 Relevance to professional or academic field........................................................................44.0 Methodology........................................................................................................................7Instrumentation.......................................................................................................................8Research surveys....................................................................................................................8Validity of the survey.............................................................................................................9Interview.................................................................................................................................94.0 Personal development outcomes........................................................................................105.0 Appraisal of Key Literature...............................................................................................10References................................................................................................................................13
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DECOMISSIONING WIND TURBINES4An Analysis of Sustainable Decommissioning of Wind TurbinesThis project dissects a number of operation aspects that influence decommissioningprocess in terms of benefits and regulation costs.1.0 Aims/ObjectivesIn spite of the environmental impacts, huge costs, and logistical difficulties, littleattention is paid on the wind power turbine decommissioning projects. Decommissioning is avital part of the wind power project and therefore should be taken into consideration at thebeginning of the project (Jerpåsen and Larsen, 2011, p.207). The paper seeks to establish thesustainable decommissioning program that is supported by the environmental assessmentimpact. Decommissioning contains the following decommissioning procedure: turbines,foundations, cable, substation and met tower, scour protection, and site clearance (Lamont etal., 2013, p. 68). The paper provides analysis on how dismantling should be carried out toensure that there is minimum environmental pollution and proper restoration of the originalsite during the end of life phase. Specifically, the paper aims at dissecting decommissioningprocess in light of Sweden and United Kingdom methodologies, in terms of costs,environmental concern, sustainability, and issuance of permit. While the paper acknowledgesthat lack of proper guidelines in past decommissioning process has led to ambiguity,emphasis is on socio-economic factors.The purpose of analysing cost models is to develop models that would help windturbine developers to evaluate the future costs that they are likely to incur as part ofdecommissioning. Ideally, the paper does not seek to obtain exact prices, but to establish andunderstand economic impacts of decommissioning wind turbines. Decommissioning is amore complex and challenging process compared to the oil and gas projects and therefore
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